Within the category of electric vehicle, cars are a norm and so are trucks. However, small trucks, like pickup trucks, are still a rarity. Even more rarer is one that has performance in the supercar realm. The Rivian R1T Electric Pickup Truck is the rarity and yup, it has supercar performance too. And the look there is absolutely drool-worthy. It is unlike anything anyone have seen.
We do not know the details of the drivetrain. All we know is it is driven by a quad-motor system with a combined output of 750 horses (and making it an AWD), paired to a 180 kWh battery system that enables it to make an impressive 400+ miles (644 kilometers) range, and get rockets it from standstill to 60 in just 3 seconds (and it makes the 100 mark in under 7s).
It achieves this super electric car feat while still capable of wading across water as deep as 3 feet (1 meter). The torque is pretty mind-boggling too, with the total grounded torque clocking in at a grand 14,000 Nm (10,326 lb-ft!). Rivian R1T Electric Pickup Truck offers a ton of locked storage, has a payload of 800 kilograms (1,764 lbs), and towing capacity of 5,000 kilograms (a little over 11,000 lbs). And also, if you haven’t already noticed, it is a dual cab pickup truck that seats 5.
But the astounding performance (pickup truck speaking), is what you’d expect from the range topper that is outfitted with the 180 kWh battery pack. Two other ‘lesser’ options are available too, a 105 and a 135 kWh battery pack configurations, with the former putting out 400 HP and 560 Nm (410 lb-ft) of torque. The latter, oddly has more oomph than the 180 kWh model, with 750 HP but the same 1,120 Nm (820-ish lb-ft) of torque.
As for the range, the 105 kWh battery pack config offers 250+ miles and the 135 kWh, over 300 miles. Acceleration differs too, with the 105 kWh making 0-60 in 4.9s and the 135 kWh, in 3s. I am starting to suspect there are some typos here. The range-topper is being outperformed by the middle-ranger? Am I missing something here?
Anyways… the R1T will be outfitted with a suited of technologies that will enable “Level 3” self-driving, and it promised to meet IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus, as well as NHTSA 5-Star ratings. Rivian is hopeful to deliver the Rivian R1T Electric Pickup Truck in late 2020, and it will come with a $61,500 after Tax credit starting price. If you are in the U.S., you be glad to know that you can secure a unit by pre-ordering it. All you need is a drop a $1,000 refundable deposit.
All images courtesy of Rivian.